West Kalimantan Police recorded an increase in drug cases found in the area of the border between Indonesia and Malaysia on Borneo, from 375 cases in 2015 to 531 in 2016.
The volume of drugs confiscated, in particular crystal methamphetamine, also increased from about 6.3 kilograms in 2015 to 97.6 kg the following year.
An officer with the West Kalimantan Police, Adj. Comr. Cucu Safiyudin, said Friday the numbers of cases were increasing because the police had stepped up efforts to hunt down drug dealers. Another factor was the improved road access between the two countries, he said.
“It’s the order of the West Kalimantan Police chief Insp. Gen. Musyafak,” he said, referring to the first factor mentioned.
Central Kalimantan Police revealed Friday they had conducted a drug operation from Jan. 12 to 29 in cooperation with the West and South Kalimantan Police and arrested 24 suspects in 15 cases.
The Central Kalimantan Police’s anti-drug director, Sr. Comr. Ignatius Agung Prasetyoko, said in a statement made available on Thursday that drugs were mostly distributed overland.
“The route passes through three provinces and they use cars,” Ignatius said.
During the two-week operation the police seized 164.47 grams of crystal methampetamine and five ecstasy pills, Rp 6 million (US$449) in cash and 27 cell phones.